Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson tells CNN she expects the state’s vote will be counted sooner than previously expected, with both day-of and absentee ballot counts expected to be reported soon after polls close tonight.
“What we've seen is such high efficiency and so little problems that I now think we'll clearly get results much sooner,” Benson said.
“We anticipate a mix of both in-person voting results and absentee voting results will be part of the results, the first results, you hear out of Michigan.”
Benson has previously said it could take up to three days for the state’s vote to be counted.
The secretary of state expects cities and counties statewide will report results at about the same time meaning a so-called “red mirage” may not happen in Michigan.
Benson said there have been no reports of voter intimidation or ballots being challenged in a coordinated fashion across the battleground state. After earlier reports of voters receiving robocalls and text messages with misinformation, Benson said they were “not as widespread as immediately thought.”
“Beyond that, we’re seeing smooth sailing and significantly less problems than we anticipated,” she added.